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and only, cheerios >>> president obama nominated chuck hagel to be the next secretary of defense. even before the announcement critics went on the attack. the report from washington, d.c. on why the objections are coming from both sides. >> reporter: i am told this is where chuck hagel could have a confirmation hearing. he will also meet with individuals ahead of the hearing. president obama picked chuck hagel to be the next secretary of defense. he is a veteran who received two purple hearts. >> our troops see a decorated combat veteran of strength. >> reporter: served as a senator from 1996 to 2009. going against most republicans by speaking out on the war in iraq. >> i am also grateful for an opportunity to help continue to strengthen our country. >> reporter: several lawmakers don't believe he will protect israel and stand up to iran on nuclear weapons. >> israel must negotiate with hamas. >> do his views make sense for that particular job? i think he ought to be give an fair hearing like any other nominee and he will be. >> reporter: we contacted senator dianne feinstein, she supp
to nominate republican chuck hagel has defense secretary sometime this week of the former senate from nebraska toured the mideast with the then candidate obama in 2008. he potentially faces a grilling from congress during confirmation hearings. his past statements will israel, the cuban embargo and openly gay imburse ambassador. >> he says the war couldn't be won and we were fighting it in 2006. >> chuck hagel if confirmed tock secretary of defense would be the most antagonistic secretary of defense towards the state of israel in our nation's history. >> hagel's infantry service in vietnam earned him two purple house. the white house is reportedly ready to defend his nomination. >> california lawmakers will get back to work with a democratic supermajor superit in both houses. >>> the governor said hey, everybody just calm down here and take a deep breath, especially in his own party. we're not just turning it off and rampage the place, okay? so i think what you are going to see is a kind of accommodation and a little caution. >> analysts anticipate that the first big issue will be educat
the nomination of former senator chuck hagel for secretary of defense. today, republican senator john mccain promised a grilling on hagel's record against a troop surge in iraq. >> when he really believes that the surge was the worst blunder since the vietnam war, that clearly is not -- that's not correct. i mean, in fact, it's bizarre. >> hagel has also faced fire for supporting negotiations with iran, still widely believed to be on the path of making nuclear weapons. today, former secretary of state collin powell vigorously defended hagel. >> what chuck hagel has said is that nothing is ever off the table, but he is one who believes in the prospects for negotiation. we have been ready to negotiate under the right set of circumstances with iran for the last several years, with our friends and allies. >> meantime, hagel says his remarks on israel, iran and gays in the military have been distorted. confirmation hearings could start as early as this week. >>> the family of aaron swartz, a young internet pioneer who relatives say committed suicide yesterday say the government is partly to b
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